I saw a documentary on Sunday evening called 'Jesus Camp', and I found it quite worrying. It focused on the lives of three born-again evangelical Christian kids, the oldest of whom was Levi who seemed about ten. He preaches in his father's church.
These kids are taught that global warming is a scam, that evolution is a lie, and that dinosaurs walked with men on earth. They speak in tongues, and partake in hysterical 'religious' ceremonies, with waving of hands, crying, and screaming. They also preach to strangers on the street. Levi says that he was 'born again' when he was five. They are nearly all home schooled, and the documentary points out that 75% of home schooled American kids are fundamentalist, evangelical Christians.
All the adults in this organisation were aggresive and overweight, and the kids totally accepted what they were told. Not one kid asked one question.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_CampThere is also a scene at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado where Ted Haggard preaches a sermon against homosexuality. The scene was shot before the scandal following revelation that Haggard had sexual relations with men. Before the service, Levi mentioned how he admired Ted Haggard and was looking forward to meeting him. After the sermon, Levi informs Haggard that he has already preached sermons and wants to be a preacher when he grows up. Haggard advises him: “I say, use your cute kid thing until you’re thirty, and by then you’ll have good content”. The comment leaves Levi baffled and a bit disappointed. Afterward, Levi, Rachael, Tory, their families and several other children take part in a Justice House of Prayer rally held by Engle in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Shouldn't Americans be concerned about such blatant brainwashing of very young children?